Texas Ports create nearly 1.5 million jobs generating $92 billion in personal income.

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In 2015, marine cargo activity at the public marine terminals located in the state of Texas generated a total of $368.7 billion of total economic value in the state of Texas, representing 23% of the State-Wide State Gross Domestic Product.

Cargo Activity

Texas Ports serve as the gateway to the global economy by importing and exporting a variety of cargoes through the ports.  Cargoes that ship through Texas ports include: petrochemicals, new and used automobiles, industrial machinery and agricultural products.  Containerized shipments carrying goods for major retailers enter the U.S. through Texas Ports.  Steel products, bagged cargoes and chilled fruit are also commodities handled through Texas maritime terminals.


Of the 1.5 million jobs created by the Texas maritime industry, 115,175 persons are directly employed by activity at public and private terminals.

Tax revenue

A total of $2.2 billion of direct, induced and indirect state and local tax revenue were generated by maritime activity at the public and private terminal located in Texas In addition $4.7 billion of state and local taxes were created due to the economic activity of the related uses of the cargo mobbing via the public maritime terminals

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW)

Texas Ports are connected to one another and to the rest of the U.S. inland waterway system by the GIWW. The GIWW allows ocean going shipping to connect with barge traffic. The Texas portion of the GIWW transports more than 86 million tons of cargo annually, moving in 59,722 barge movements. In comparison, the same cargo volume would take over 3.5 million container trucks or over 672,000 rail cars to transport.

91% of the cargo transported on the GIWW is related to the petrochemical industry.